February 20, 2013 1:33 pm • Linda Hadley | Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Methodist HospitalsMERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals Neuroscience Institute, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis in northwest Indiana has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National MS Society’s Partners in MS Care program. This formal recognition honors Methodist Neuroscience Institute’s commitment to exceptional patient care; providing coordinated, comprehensive MS care; and a continuing partnership with the Society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.
“We are so proud to partner with Methodist Hospitals Neuroscience Institute in ensuring coordinated, comprehensive care for the thousands of Hoosiers living with MS in northwest Indiana,” president of the Society's Indiana State chapter Leigh Ann Erickson said. “In earning this recognition, Methodist has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care; care that has a real-life impact on people affected by MS in our community."
The Society’s designation of Center for Comprehensive MS Care recognizes the need for patients to have access to a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS, a chronic disease. This approach encourages a focus on the total care of the patient with MS and facilitates flexibility in operations and staffing for a variety of specialties and expertise, but upholding sites to a critical focus on coordinated and comprehensive MS care.
“Methodist Hospitals has a deep and long-standing commitment to serving the multiple sclerosis community,” Methodist President and CEO Ian E. McFadden said. “That commitment is demonstrated by the investments we have made: three MS-certified nurses on staff, physicians who are nationally recognized in the field and a range of supporting programs and services to help improve outcomes for patients and their families. We are gratified to be the first in Northwest Indiana to be recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care.”
For information about this program, please visit www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/getting-the-care-you-need/affiliated-centers-for-comprehensive-care/index.aspx. For information about the National MS Society, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or (800) 344-4867.
About Methodist Hospitals
Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology and Heart and Vascular Institutes, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Women’s Health program. Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics, comprehensive Rehabilitation services and Home Health Services.